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I am a community ecology researcher and acarologist interested in the dynamics of predator communities. As a doctoral student in the lab of David H. Wise at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I researched bottom-up and top-down control dynamics of predator communities using the community of soil microarthropods (mites and Collembola) as a model. I am currently interested in the trophic capabilities of detrital and foliar Prostigmata and the predator-prey relationships involving these mites.

I am currently an Adjunct Faculty member in the Environmental Science and Studies Department at DePaul University where I teach Foundations in Environmental Studies.

Past projects:

  • My past projects include a collaboration with researchers in environmental planning, sociology, and scientific philosophy to develop ways of integrating disciplinary thought into a trans-disciplinary research approach in the NSF-funded RESTORE project. My work focused on soil communities in restored landscapes.
  • In addition to my personal doctoral research, I was a fellow in interdisciplinary research in the Landscape, Ecology, and Anthropogenic Processes (LEAP) Integrative Graduate Education Research Traineeship (IGERT) program funded by the NSF.This resulted in a publication with Davis et al. (2012).

Previous faculty appointments:

2012 - Department of Liberal Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) - The Dirt on Soil Science

2005 - Department of Printmedia, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) - Command-P (Digital Printing)

2001-2004 - Department of Art and Design, Robert Morris University, Chicago, IL - 2-D Design, Typography

Monica A. Farfan, Ph.D.

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Dr. David Coleman and I at EntSoc 2015.


  • Entomology 2017 in Denver, CO! I will be at the Entomological Society of America Conference in Denver from 5-8 November. Please come see me at the booth for the Students of the Acarological Society ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2017, 9:33 AM by Monica A. Farfan, Ph.D.
  • Spring volunteers I will not have open positions for UIC spring semester 2015. Please check back in March 2015 for Summer announcements.
    Posted Nov 18, 2014, 7:39 AM by Monica A. Farfan, Ph.D.
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